Globes [online] is reporting that five companies from Israel have picked up this year’s Frost & Sullivan European Technology Innovation of the Year Awards. One of the companies awarded is Trig Medical Ltd., for its labour monitoring system LaborPro, featuring an integrated ultrasound and fetal monitoring technology.
Here are some main features of the system, according to the company:
Current obstetrical practice is subject to lack of consistency in the assessment of fetal head station and position during vaginal examinations. This may lead to mismanagement of non-progressive labor, unnecessary cesarean sections or improper use of vacuum and forceps associated with an increased risk of maternal/fetal trauma.
In response to these unmet needs, Trig Medical has developed a labor monitoring system, the LaborPro, that leverages on position tracking, ultrasound technology and proprietary software.
The LaborPro continuously and accurately assesses the following parameters crucial to the labor decision-making process:
Ultrasound Assessment of Fetal Head Station and Position:
Ultrasound aligned with a position sensor determines precisely fetal head station and position by relating the BPD plane of the fetal head to the maternal pelvic inlet. This gold standard parameter provides physicians with a true and continuous assessment of fetal descent.
A computerized, radiation free pelvimetry is performed by simply touching four external landmarks on the maternal pelvis. This provides the basis to which fetal station and position are related and also enables early recognition of CPD.
Continuous Measurements of Cervical Dilatation:
Accurate measurement of cervical dilatation by attaching position sensors to the cervix.
When trans-vaginal evaluation is performed, a miniature position sensor attached to the pointing finger will provide objective computerized measurement of head station and cervical dilatation.
The LaborPro measures fetal descent and cervical stretching during uterine contractions, thereby enabling physicians to differentiate between effective and ineffective contractions.
Labor recording System and Remote Access:
The LaborPro continuously records all labor parameters including data integrated from the CTG monitor. The data is used as a decision support tool, and is archived for later evaluation if necessary.